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Welcome to the MMRS website. The MMRS is one of the oldest model railway clubs in the UK, being founded in 1925 by J. A. Dean, so next year will be our 90th anniversary.

Since 1969 we have owned our own clubroom (Dean Hall) which is five miles south of Manchester city centre. This is home to six layouts in most of the popular scales, three being largely complete and two in the early stages of construction.

Dean Hall has a library with reference copies of all of the main monthly model railway magazines as well as books and dvds which can be borrowed by members.

Our well-equipped workshop is available for use by those with the requisite skills. The more expert members are always willing to pass on their knowledge with classes on using the lathe, building construction, beginners' soldering, advanced soldering and producing drawings for etching.

We also host meetings of the Model Railway Electronics Group (MERG) and members are welcome to attend their meetings to keep up with the latest developments.

Use the buttons on the left to browse our website and see our facilities. If you want to be inspired we look forward to meeting you. We have a worldwide membership and presently have vacancies for new members aged 16+. Beginners, improvers and expert modellers are all welcome.

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Forthcoming meetings at Dean Hall
Visitors are welcome, please make yourself known to a member on arrival.


Friday 9th January 7.30pm
Members' models


Latest changes

Basic soldering course, 2 photos from the social [Members' area]

Video from the 9th August running session showing five layouts in action [Layouts]

Latest British Railway Modelling/Hornby Magazine/
Model Rail/Railway Modeller; 26 Model Railway Journals [Books/magazines]

We have a searchable database of our Library books which is accessible by clicking here. Non-members - when you have found the book you are interested in, come to Dean Hall to have a look at it, but you will have to be a member to borrow it!


Of our six layouts the best known is Dewsbury Midland, our award winning OO layout which regularly appears in the model press. It features an urban scene with superb model buildings and has a working roadway with buses, lorries and cars all going up and down the hill. The period can be changed so you may see operation with either steam or diesel locos.

Dewsbury will be at the Stafford Model Railway Exhibition on 31st January/1st February 2015.

Canaan Valley will be at the Liverpool Model Railway Society exhibition on 25th/26th April 2015.

Click here for more details and photographs.

Click for a video showing all of our layouts in action and other details of work around Dean Hall in early 2012.


Copyright - Manchester Model Railway Society, 2014